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2011 DODGE CHALLENGER'S 6.4L HEMI CRANKS OUT 475 HORSEPOWER!

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2011 DODGE CHALLENGER'S 6.4L HEMI CRANKS OUT 475 HORSEPOWER!

By Mark Kleis

Chrysler has done a remarkably good job keeping its 2011 models mostly out of the public's sight, aside from our spies spotting a 2011 Dodge Challenger and its interior, but the automaker's effort on keeping the Challenger's specifications secret has been a different story.

Previously, Leftlane caught wind of a NADA report that detailed some pricing and basic information on a few aspects of the 2011 Challenger's powertrain lineup, but the report lacked some crucial data for the most hardcore fans. Now, thanks to a leaked brochure obtained by Ontario Street Car, we now know how much power will be packed into the all-new HEMI.

What's under the hood

According to a brochure, the base model 2011 Dodge Challenger SE will come with Chrysler’s new high-feature 3.6-liter V6 engine, packing 305 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque (compared to 290 horsepower under the hood of the Jeep Grand Cherokee using the same engine). The Challenger’s current five-speed automatic will remain, fuel economy will be rated at 19 city, 26 highway miles per gallon.

Reflecting its new engine, the Challenger’s base price will inflate from its current $23,695 to $25,305 – an increase of $1,610.

The mid-level Challenger R/T will remain relatively unchanged, but is still in line for a higher MSRP. The 2011 Challenger R/T will see a price increase from $31,610 to $32,770.

We've known that the Challenger SRT8 model would swap out its 6.1-liter V8 for a new 6.4-liter unit for the 2011 model year, but until now we could only speculate in regards to power figures. Although not as high as many rumors indicating it could produce as much as 500 horsepower, the 6.4-liter HEMI will be rated at 475 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.

Unlike the other Challenger models, the SRT8 is listed as having a price decrease for 2011, dropping from its current price of $43,680 to $43,100.

The mid-level Challenger R/T's 5.7-liter HEMI sees a small power bump to 379 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque, but only when paired with a manual transmission. An earlier report suggested that it could see a small highway fuel economy increase as well - likely due to some light gear ratio and aerodynamics tweaking.

Interior clean-up

The 2011 Challenger will lose its four-spoke steering wheel and will gain the new three-spoke unit already seen in the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The wheel provides cruise control, Bluetooth and trip computer controls on the front, while it brings back Chrysler's signature rear-mounted audio controls - a feature not seen on the 2010 Challenger.

Otherwise, it looks like the Challenger will gain an automatic mode for its climate control system and revised gauges. Also new will be active head restraints and standard side curtain and seat mounted airbags.

Overall, however, the Challenger doesn't look like it will gain the interior makeover anticipated by many.

Styling tweaks

Outside, the only obvious change to the Challenger seen in our spy photos is that its lower grille has been flipped upside down and it gains a much more pronounced front spoiler - at least on the SRT8 model.

A closer inspection reveals new exterior door handles. It's also hard to say for sure, but it looks like Chrysler's popular Inferno Red Crystal will be available on the SRT8 for 2011 - that metallic shade isn't currently available on SRT8s. That said, it isn't unusual for a pre-production car to wear incorrect badges or to be painted in an incorrect shade.

link:

http://www.leftlanenews.com/dodge-challenger-2011.html

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Accuracy. This article needs some. The Challenger's new steering wheel is not the same as the one in the new Grand Cherokee, it is the same as the one in the upcoming Charger.

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Behind the game much, SRT team? First off, all Challenger models have too much weight. The GT500 has 75 more HP and the Z/28 will have ~80 more HP. The R/T doesn't nearly make as much power as the SS and GT, and the V6 model has good power but is way behind on MPGs and transmission technology. And where are the manual transmissions?

This car frustrates me so much.

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Well don't worry, once the new 8-speed transmissions become available you'll get to complain that it has too many gears.

haha I was waiting for that. I was talking about the fact that both of its competitors offer a six-speed auto and six-speed manual whereas they simply offer a five-speed auto. Hopefully the addition of those three extra gears will give it much improved MPGs and better acceleration, but I still want more power out of the R/T and SRT and less weight out of all of them. And a manual transmission!

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haha I was waiting for that. I was talking about the fact that both of its competitors offer a six-speed auto and six-speed manual whereas they simply offer a five-speed auto. Hopefully the addition of those three extra gears will give it much improved MPGs and better acceleration, but I still want more power out of the R/T and SRT and less weight out of all of them. And a manual transmission!

I thought the '10 R/T and SRT were currently available w/ manuals. This article about the '11s mentions the manual version of the R/T will get a power bump..

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I thought SRT did come with a manual transmission. It was only the lowly V6 that came with automatic only.

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Hmm, I thought only the SRT got a manual. I'm retarded though; the R/T has had a manual option for at least the last two years.

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Hmm, I thought only the SRT got a manual. I'm retarded though; the R/T has had a manual option for at least the last two years.

Yeah, I think the SRT didn't have a manual in '08 and got it for '09. But I wonder how many they actually sell w/ manuals.

Personally, I like the size and weight of the Challenger...nice to see a distinctively styled 4000+lb RWD V8 coupe in the era of disposable, soulless depressing FWD generics. It's not a small, nimble sports car, but a modern muscle car.

I find the Camaro, Mustang, Challenger and Charger all very appealing...I'd love to have one of each.., but trying to pick just one would be difficult..:)

Edited by Cubical-aka-Moltar

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